Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 2h

8 main course servings or 16 appetizer servings

Ground turkey makes tender meatballs. If you do not have Italian seasonings on hand, substitute a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram and 1/4 teaspoon dried basil.


  • For Sauce:
  • 4 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • For Meatballs:
  • 1 medium-sized red potato, peeled
  • 1 small onion, cut into large chunks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey


For Sauce: Combine tomato sauce, onion, red and green bell pepper, sugar, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning blend and pepper in a large saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes.

For Meatballs: Puree potato, onion, egg whites, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Add turkey and mix thoroughly. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls.

Add the meatballs to the sauce. Shake to coat meatballs with sauce. Partially cover and simmer on low heat without stirring for 30 minutes. Uncover and simmer until sauce thickens, about 30 minutes longer. Shake the pot several times during cooking to avoid sticking.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7199

nutrition information per serving

282 calories; 5g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 41mg cholesterol; 509mg sodium; 11g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 15g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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